Ebola

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Robbers Steal Bag of Ebola Blood in Taxi

Though they probably weren't aware of it

(Newser) - Three robbers stopped a taxi in remote Guinea yesterday and relieved its nine passengers of their wallets, phones, and jewelry. They also grabbed a cooler bag from one of the passengers, and the contents could prove their undoing: vials of blood believed to be infected with Ebola, reports AP . A... More »

Ebola Survivor Quarantined Over Infectious Semen

Virus lingers in semen for months

(Newser) - An Indian man recovered from Ebola back in September, before flying from Liberia to Delhi on Nov. 10—but the 26-year-old has been quarantined anyway, because though his blood tested negative for the virus, his semen tested positive. Ebola lingers in semen for months after a person has recovered, a... More »

Cautious NYC Tested Dead Body for Ebola

Woman who died of apparent heart attack found not to have the virus

(Newser) - A cautious New York City tested the body of a woman who died at a hair salon in Brooklyn yesterday for Ebola, though the unidentified woman hadn't exhibited any symptoms of the virus and died of an apparent heart attack. WABC-TV reports those results came back negative. The woman,... More »

Latest US Ebola Patient Dies

Dr. Martin Salia was being treated in Nebraska

(Newser) - The surgeon who arrived for treatment in Nebraska Saturday after contracting Ebola in Sierra Leone has died, according to the Omaha hospital where he was being treated in a biocontainment unit. Martin Salia's first Ebola test came back negative, the Washington Post reported last night, leading friends and colleagues... More »

Surgeon With Ebola Arrives in Nebraska for Treatment

Martin Salia may be sicker than previous US patients

(Newser) - A surgeon who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone arrived in Nebraska today for treatment at a biocontainment unit where two other people with the disease have been successfully treated. Dr. Martin Salia, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Monday, landed at Eppley Airfield in Omaha this afternoon and... More »

Nebraska to Get Its 3rd Ebola Patient

A US surgeon originally from Sierra Leone contracted the disease there

(Newser) - At least five doctors in Sierra Leone—one of three West African nations at the heart of the worst Ebola outbreak in history—have died after contracting the virus while treating patients. Now a surgeon from Sierra Leone who is a permanent resident of the US is being flown to... More »

Last US Ebola Patient Released From NYC Hospital

Dr. Craig Spencer released from New York's Bellevue

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor who was the first Ebola patient in the nation's biggest city has been released from a New York City hospital and thanked the medical workers who treated him. Dr. Craig Spencer was released from Bellevue Hospital today at a joyous news conference where medical team... More »

Last US Ebola Patient Free of the Disease

Craig Spencer will be released from NYC hospital tomorrow

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor who had Ebola has recovered and is scheduled to be released from the hospital tomorrow, health officials say—which means "there is no more Ebola in the United States," New York reports. Craig Spencer "has been declared free of the virus," the... More »

18K California Nurses Have Decided to Go on Strike

Nurses union says Kaiser Permanente hospitals unprepared for Ebola

(Newser) - Kaiser Permanente hospitals aren't ready for Ebola, say its nurses, and tomorrow 18,000 of them are set to begin a two-day strike over that and other issues. Their union claims Kaiser has "refused to address [their] concerns … about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing even... More »

Hickox, Boyfriend Are Leaving Maine Town

Ted Wilbur has withdrawn from nursing program

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox's 21-day Ebola incubation period ends at 11:59pm tomorrow, and the Maine nurse will waste little time after that in getting out of Dodge, reports the Bangor Daily News . Hickox's boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, has withdrawn from the nursing program at the University of Maine Fort Kent,... More »

Ebola Nurse Who Flew: I Wasn't Reckless

Amber Vinson says she followed all the rules in place

(Newser) - Dallas nurse Amber Vinson is well aware that she took a lot of flak for flying to Ohio before getting sick with Ebola. But she tells Matt Lauer at Today that she followed all the protocols in place from her superiors before taking the trip. "I'm not reckless,... More »

CDC Guard Who Snapped Obama Pic Says Firing 'Unjust'

CDC contractor Kenneth Tate canned after getting too close to president's limo

(Newser) - CDC security guard Kenneth Tate was excited when President Obama set foot in his elevator during his September visit, even shaking the president's hand in a moment that made him "proud," the New York Times reports. But when Tate escorted Obama back to his limo, he snapped... More »

Hickox Blasts Christie's 'Abundance of Politics'

Apologizes to Maine town, says she won't go to crowded places

(Newser) - It's not often heads as hard as those belonging to Chris Christie and Kaci Hickox collide, and the Maine nurse today showed no sign of letting up over the quarantine she faced upon her return to the United States—which a Maine judge ended Friday —telling NBC News... More »

Happy Reunion: Dallas Nurse Gets Dog Back

Nina Pham and Bentley reunited for first time in weeks

(Newser) - Dallas nurse Nina Pham is free of Ebola . So is her dog Bentley . And today, the two happily reunited for the first time since Oct. 12, when Pham had to be hospitalized, reports USA Today . As one tweet (with photo) observes, "He can't stop kissing Nina." Dallas... More »

Kleenex Maker Sued for Claiming Gowns Protected Against Ebola

Tested Kimberly-Clark surgical gowns had 'catastrophic failures,' lawsuit alleges

(Newser) - A $500 million lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday against Kimberly-Clark Corp. alleges the company falsely claimed its surgical gowns protected against Ebola and other infectious diseases. The suit says that the company knew for at least a year that its Microcool Breathable High Performance Surgical Gown had failed industry... More »

Judge Orders Maine to Let Nurse Go Out

Kaci Hickox can be in public places, but still must submit to monitoring

(Newser) - Maine nurse Kaci Hickox won some freedom today: A judge ruled that she can go out in public, though she still must submit to regular health checks, reports the Bangor Daily News . District Court Chief Judge Charles LaVerdiere decided that the state, which wants her to stay home for the... More »

Maine Gov. Wants Nurse's Blood

Paul LePage suggests blood test could resolve Kaci Hickox's situation

(Newser) - Maine is seeking a court order to force nurse Kaci Hickox to remain in quarantine for Ebola, but the whole issue "could be resolved" with a simple blood test, Gov. Paul LePage told ABC News yesterday as Hickox was spotted out for a bike ride ; her boyfriend later accepted... More »

Ebola-Free N. Korea Freaks Out Over Ebola

All foreigners entering will be put in mandatory 21-day quarantine

(Newser) - "For the record: There have been no cases of Ebola in North Korea," writes Eric Talmadge, AP 's bureau chief in Pyongyang, in a look at the latest threat that has North Korea all aflutter. Namely, Ebola. Though the nearest confirmed case is 6,000 miles away—... More »

Maine Nurse Goes for a Bike Ride, Cops Follow

Kaci Hickox says she won't be bullied by politicians, will fight quarantine

(Newser) - Kaci Hickox went on a bike ride today, hours after saying she's going to fight the stigma on medical professionals who've treated Ebola patients and not let politicians bully her. With a showdown looming over her potential forced quarantine in Maine, the nurse emerged from her home to... More »

Maine Asks Courts to Make Nurse Stay Home

Kaci Hickox objects to 21-day quarantine over Ebola worries

(Newser) - A showdown looms in Maine over the murky question of whether the state can force a nurse to stay home over Ebola fears. The state was filing for a court order to require Kaci Hickox to remain in quarantine, reports CNN . Hickox, who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa... More »

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